Thanks to the bat of Kody Clemens and the arm of Nolan Kingham, Texas beat rival Texas A&M, 8-3, and moved within one win of a berth in the super regionals.
The Longhorns now wait to find out who they will play Sunday night at 8:00 PM. The Aggies will play Indiana Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM in an elimination game, with the winner advancing to play UT.
Clemens, Texas’ first All-American since 2011, had four RBI and two runs scored on 3-for-5 batting to lead the way on offense.
In his first at-bat of the game, with two runners on, Clemens launched a three-run homer to right field to start the scoring.
Five innings later, in his fourth appearance at the plate, Clemens did it again – sending a 2-1 offering that just kept carrying until it cleared the wall in right field for his second homer of the game, and 21st of the season.
Clemens alone provided enough run support for starter Nolan Kingham, who has been battling an undisclosed illness all week long. A noticeably weak Kingham threw 7.2 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on nine hits and one walk while striking out eight.
As he came off the mound in the eighth inning, Kingham shouted to the crowd and his dugout, “This is our house!”
After Texas A&M scored an unearned run in the third, Texas answered with a pair of runs in the fourth. DJ Petrinsky started the inning off with his second home run of the regional – a solo shot to left for his eighth homer of the season. The Longhorns added another run later in the inning when Zach Zubia drew a bases-loaded hit by pitch.
Texas added another two runs in the fifth, the first on a Jake McKenzie sac fly to center and the second on a David Hamilton RBI through the right side.
Clemens hit his second home run in the sixth to cap the Texas scoring at eight runs.
In the first game of the day, Indiana beat Texas Southern, 6-0, in an elimination game to keep its season alive. The Tigers failed to score a run in its two games in Austin.